Averting Crisis in the Spratlys: Towards a Regional Naval Forum

Issue & Policy Briefs July, 2015, No. 183

As China seeks to bolster its claims over the Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea, incidents between navies have the potential to spiral into more dangerous escalations. To avert crisis, argues Ba Hamzah, more needs to be done to promote crisis management and confidence-building between the claimant parties through the establishment of a Regional Naval Forum.